Bastiat Prize Rules

  • Entry Form
  • The Bastiat Prize for Journalism ("BPJ") is open to all writers, anywhere in the world; writers need not be full time journalists or associated with any specific publication.

  • The total prize fund is $16,000, divided between first ($10,000), second ($5,000) and third ($1,000) prize winners.

  • Entrants must submit their entries through the online entry form on Reason’s website 

  • All articles entered for the BPJ must have been published in print or online (or both).

  • Articles may comprise or include the transcript of a radio or television broadcast if that transcript has been published in print or online.

  • In the case of a question about the legitimacy of an article, the author will be consulted and a final decision will be made by Reason Foundation.

  • Entries must comprise between one and three articles.

  • Entries must not exceed 5,000 words in total.

  • Articles must have been published in English.

  • Articles must have been published for the first time between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

  • Entries must state clearly the name of the publication where each article appeared and the date each article was published.

  • Consideration will be given to the articles on the following criteria: intellectual coherence; persuasiveness; wit and creativity; relevance; clarity and simplicity; wider impact.

  • Authors must nominate themselves, although submissions may be made by an assistant on the author's behalf with his/her consent.

  • If some or all articles are available to view online, entrants are encouraged to provide a URL for the articles.

  • In all cases, an electronic copy of each article (in either .txt, .rtf, or .pdf format) must be uploaded through the submission form. If you encounter problems with the form, then these should be emailed to bastiatprize@reason.org.

  • Entries must be received on or before July 31, 2013.

  • The finalists’ articles will be sent to the judges, a list of which will made available on Reason’s website.

  • The decision of the judges and Reason Foundation will be final.

  • Finalists will be invited to a prize dinner in New York City on November 6, 2013. (While attendance is encouraged, it is not obligatory to receive the prize.)

  • The following individuals and their immediate family are not eligible to enter the Bastiat Prize for Journalism: Previous cash award winners of the Bastiat Prize of Journalism; Directors, staff, former staff, and regular columnists of Reason Foundation; former staff, Directors and Trustees of International Policy Network; current and past Judges of the Bastiat Prize.

  • Articles commissioned, edited and/or placed by Reason Foundation are not eligible for the BPJ.

  • Articles published exclusively by Reason Foundation are not eligible for the BPJ.

  • Reason Foundation reserves the right to clarify and/or modify these rules as needed. Entrants will be notified of any changes to the rules.



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